X Window System Test Suite Contributed by ApTest and The Open Group to The X.Org Foundation

Released under "X" Open Source License.

Brookline Massachusetts, 18 April 2005.

The X.Org Foundation, global steward of the X Window System* and Standards, announced today that ApTest and The Open Group have together donated their VSW5 Test Suite to The X.Org Foundation, where it shall be released under their standard Open Source license as XTS 5.0.2. The X Window System is released by the X.Org Foundation under the MIT ("X") License. The VSW5 Test Suite is the industry best practice in testing the X Window System.

All Official X.Org releases are free and available for download from ftp://www.x.org/pub and at mirror-sites world-wide.

"ApTest is excited by the opportunity X.Org offers the X community. We are pleased to contribute our technology and look forward to participating in ensuring the ongoing quality of X releases" said Shane McCarron, Managing Director of ApTest Minnesota.

"The Open Group congratulates the X.Org Foundation on making the free availability of the X Window System Test Suite (VSW5) under an open source license possible and establishing a test working group" said Andrew Josey, Director of Certification at The Open Group. "This initiative will further enhance the quality of the X Window System and we look forward to working with X.Org. As part of that cooperation we plan to contribute a number of patches to the code base."

To support the development of this critical and unique testing technology in tandem with the X Window System itself, the X.Org Foundation also announces the formation of a Testing Workgroup, to be lead by Stuart Anderson, for maintenance and extension of the test suites. Information about this workgroup can be found at http://www.x.org/wiki/TestGroup. Membership in all X.Org work groups is open and free.

About VSW5:

The VSW5 Test Suite is the latest in an evolutionary series of test suites for the X Window System that began in the early 1990's. The VSW Test Suite is built on the The Open Group's Test Environment Toolkit (TET) framework (http://tetworks.opengroup.org/). The VSW test suite is a part of the certification program for both the UNIX system and the Linux Standard Base (LSB). The software can be downloaded from http://www.x.org/pub/XTS5.0.2.

About ApTest:

Applied Testing and Technology has provided testing analysis, design, development, and execution services to its clients since 1993. ApTest specializes in outsourced product testing and the development of automated test suites, test tools, and test technology. We also develop and market the ApTest Manager test management system - a web-based product for managing QA testing across the enterprise. Further information on ApTest can be found at http://www.aptest.com or from Andy Silverman at 408-399-1930.

About The Open Group:

The Open Group is a specialist in the development and operation of certification programs for software specifications endorsed by industry standards bodies. The Open Group has a fifteen-year history of the provision of high quality test suites and certification related services to the software industry, and has been the active maintainer of VSW5 and X Window System certification for a number of years. Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org.

About the X.Org Foundation:

X.Org Foundation L.L.C. is a Delaware company organized to operate as a scientific charity under IRS code 501(c)(3), chartered to develop and execute effective strategies that provide worldwide stewardship of the X Window System technology and standards. The group is currently managed by its Board of Directors that includes: Stuart Anderson (Free Standards Group), Egbert Eich (Novell), Jim Gettys (HP), Stuart Kreitman (Sun Microsystems), Kevin Martin (Red Hat), Jim McQuillan (Linux Terminal Server Project), Keith Packard (HP), and Leon Shiman (Shiman Associates). The website for the X.Org Foundation can be found at http://www.x.org/.

Notes to Editors:

For questions, please contact: Leon Shiman, Secretary, X.Org Foundation, at: